Health and Fitness Specialist, Katie Lipsmeyer
Well, it’s my final week of teaching and training before I have this sweet little baby! Words cannot express how thankful I am to this wonderful 50/50 community for providing love and support to Chris and me throughout this pregnancy. Baby CKL already has such a gigantic extended family to welcome her into this world!
For all of you who gave individual gifts, we are diligently working on the Thank You notes. We have been so fortunate to receive so many presents from you that it’s taking us a little longer than we hoped to suitably thank all of you, but they’re coming!
For those of you who want to help out after the baby is born, there are two great ways you can. We have started a Meal Train so that you can visit with us and the baby in our home. We have also received so many offers to care for the baby so that Chris can have an hour or two to sleep, have a date night, or to simply have a moment to ourselves. We also realize that some of you may want a “new baby smell” fix, and we can certainly help you out with that! Please click for the Meal Train and for the Sitting Sign-up. We would certainly appreciate either!
Finally, please read the following speech that I gave at the baby shower that was held at 50/50 in October. It sums up the huge amount of warm fuzzies I feel for this community…
“Chris and I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for joining us in this celebration of the upcoming birth of our daughter. Before I delve in though, you should know that Chris’s very first nickname for the baby was Sparkle Pony Extreme. It will be important a little later on in the story.
“Thank you to Ryan Ambuter and Lindsay Rowe, Megan Dobro, Morgan Lentz, Jamie Cocco for being the main organizers and setting this huge undertaking in motion, Justin for letting us all celebrate in a space that means so much to me, Diane Norman and the entire TRX Basics class (ya’ll have been sneaking around for quite some time), Ann Ward, Ana Devlin-Gauthier, Mellie Black, Kate Cirstiello, Evie Snyder, Melissa “Woodsaw” Woodard, John Stothoff, Megan Carvalho for the delicious cake, and the entire 50/50 community who are here as well as those who weren’t able to make it today but have offered their well wishes and instant love for our daughter since we announced our pregnancy in June.
“I moved here knowing one single person. 4 ½ years ago, I was at a very difficult point in my life, and I decided that it was time to take one of the biggest risks I had ever taken by moving all the way to Western Mass from the likes of Arkansas and Texas. It turned out to be the BEST risk I’ve ever taken. Over the course of these past several years, I have pursued and realized my passion in physical and mental wellness. I have had the gift of inspiring others while simultaneously learning so much from them. I have faced the most rewarding challenges of my life. I have met my best friends and partner here and have garnered a fierce community of people who I receive so much love from every day.
“As many of you know, my mother-Momma-was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 12 years ago. She raised me by herself, and me, being an only child, it was the two of us against the world. It’s continued to be true, just in a very different sense than I ever anticipated. She lives here in the Alzheimer’s unit of an assisted living community, she knows that I’m pregnant, she knows it’s a girl, and she knows that she’s going to be a grandmother. However, since she is in the late stages and is very limited verbally, it has been difficult to know what she comprehends beyond that. Does she understand that the baby is kicking below her hand when I place it on my belly? When we sing a song, does she know that the baby can hear her? Does she realize the significance and power of her influence when I tell her that the baby will share her same initials?
“As wonderful and amazing it is to be able to bring this sweet baby into the world, it’s also been difficult in terms of dealing with feelings around my own mother. And, because of this, your support is even more potent to me-to us. You have become our village, our family.
“Finally, I must say something to my accomplice, who I wouldn’t be in this situation without. Usually, Chris is more than happy to give me the spotlight, but it’s time for us to shine it on him, at least for a minute or two. Since the moment I met you, Chris, you have brought light into my world. For all of you who know me, you know that I love to talk about how wonderful this person is, and I’m not apologetic about doing so. Chris, you deserve to be celebrated for the amazingly kind, considerate, fun, adventurous, compassionate person you are, so much so, that I feel compelled to tell everyone I know. When we first met, I kept waiting for you to reveal SOMETHING about yourself that didn’t jive with my worldview, because there was no way that my perfect person existed, especially in such a smokin’ hot package, and even less of a chance that I would likewise be his perfect person. But you are, and I am so grateful for the gift of you. You are everything I have wanted and needed in a partner. And I have every confidence that you will be everything Sparkle Pony Extreme will need in a father. I am so utterly happy to do life with you, Chris, and I can’t wait for us to welcome our baby girl into our little family.
“A final thank you to you all for coming out to celebrate this exciting time with us. You have all made such an impact on our lives in your own individual ways, and we know our daughter will continue to be so blessed with love and support from every direction.”
All my love,
P.S. I am dying to get on a bike and do some burpees, so don’t be surprised if you see me in class about four to six weeks after the baby is born!
P.P.S. I expect to return from maternity leave in late February/early March, so I won’t be gone for too long!
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|New 50/50 Training Facility set to open in January 2018!
We’ll be releasing clues, subtle hints, and updates all month long as we look to continue to grow our personal training, group exercise, and small group Targeted Training services! We have your recent surveys in mind, as well as feedback about suggested class offerings. This will all be met with new equipment, in a brand new space! Ask questions, continue offering suggestions, and know that we are all ears. We strive to continue to create the best training services is the Valley, and beyond. So, please, keep the ideas flowing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org any time, with any specific requests, and we’ll continue to answer any questions you have, in house.